Charity floored by Evesham company's gift

Tewkesbury Admag: Tracy Haycox, director of children and young people’s services at SAFE@LAST, Jason Holden, commercial business manager from Karndean Designflooring and Andy Caulton from Wendy’s Carpets and Curtains. Tracy Haycox, director of children and young people’s services at SAFE@LAST, Jason Holden, commercial business manager from Karndean Designflooring and Andy Caulton from Wendy’s Carpets and Curtains.

EVESHAM luxury vinyl flooring company Karndean Designflooring has donated the first free floor as part of its ‘40 Free Floors for 40 Good Causes’ initiative launched to mark Karndean's 40th anniversary. The floor has been supplied to South Yorkshire charity SAFE@LAST, which works with young people at risk through running away.

The company from Vale Business Park donated 150 sqm of Karndean flooring to help transform the charity’s refuge, which provides short term, safe and confidential accommodation for children and young people aged 16 years and under. Joining forces with one of its local retail partners, Rotherham based Wendy’s Carpets and Curtains, Karndean successfully transformed the charity’s refuge by replacing existing, dated carpet with new Karndean floors throughout the three bedroom property.

“We’re totally overwhelmed by the generosity of Karndean’s 40 Free Floors for 40 Good Causes appeal and of course absolutely thrilled with our brand new floors,” said Tracy Haycox, director of children and young people’s services at SAFE@LAST. "It’s so important for our refuge to provide a safe, clean and inviting environment for children and young people who find themselves in difficult situations, when they come into our protection to escape the risk they face at home. Often the children and young people who come to stay with us are scared and vulnerable. That’s why our new floors will make such a massive difference in creating a calm and safe place for those that do.”

Karndean launched its ’40 Free Floors for 40 Good Causes’ appeal in October 2013 in a bid to help local charities and organisations in America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The international appeal calls on the public to nominate individuals, families, businesses and other worthy causes that they think deserve to win a free Karndean floor.

There will be 15 winners chosen from the UK in total, with five handpicked by Karndean and ten selected from Facebook nominations. The 40 good causes will also feature 15 winners from America and 10 from Australia and New Zealand.

Paul Barratt, managing director of Karndean Designflooring, said: "We were immediately touched by the invaluable work carried out by SAFE@LAST. With our 40th anniversary celebrations focussing on giving back, it’s important for us to show how we’re able to make a difference within the communities that we serve to help inspire others."

For more information and to nominate in Karndean Designflooring’s ’40 Free Floors for 40 Good Causes’ appeal, visit www.karndean40floors.com.

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